Romspen Is Scamming Grandma And Grandpa Out Of Their Pension. Retirees Have Christened Them, “Rob ‘Em And Spend”
Canadian commercial lender Romspen is on track to be a major black eye for the Canadian financial sector and could face insolvency in the near future. Why? Romspen is scamming grandma and grandpa out of their pension. They have created a billion-dollar stealth Ponzi scheme to cover up their failed “Loan-To-Own” scam.
Matter of fact, elderly Romspen investors have become so angry, they have gotten together on the internet and have christened the company, “Rob ‘Em And Spend.”
What is even worse is the Canadian government under the leadership of Justin Trudeau doesn’t seem interested in doing anything about it. But, that is another article for later.
How Romspen is Scamming Grandma And Grandpa
Canadian and American retirees are always prowling the internet for ways to enhance their fixed incomes. Retirees are old school and believe real estate is a safe investment even after experiencing the financial crisis of 2008.
So, they look for companies that promise big returns on real estate. Soon they find the slick packaging from Toronto-based Romspen and their affiliated brokers like BridgeInvest and Eyzenberg & Company in Miami with promises of big payoffs.
Long story short, Romspen and their partners get these inexperienced investors all excited over the promise of big returns. The seniors fall for it and then throw their life savings at Romspen.
Unfortunately and unbeknownst to grandma and grandpa, Romspen on the surface appears to be a Ponzi scheme. However, it’s a little more complicated as to why Romspen fails to pay their investor redemptions.
Romspen’s current business model relies heavily on a steady flow of fresh flow of investor cash. This is because they need to pay investor redemptions to previous commercial loan investors. Yes, we know, it’s sounds like like a Ponzi scheme.
The reason for this is pretty easy. The majority of the loans made by Romspen have gone into default due to the company’s “Loan-To-Own” scheme (see below). As a result, the vast majority of their defaulted loans get tied up in endless litigation. Thus, not generating revenue for Romspen and Romspen investors not getting paid.
It’s no surprise that Romspen investors are getting aggravated with Romspen executives. Investors haven’t received a full redemption payment since April of 2020.
Romspen Is Scamming Grandma And Grandpa By Lending Money On Projects That Don’t Generate Revenue
The reason why Romspen doesn’t fully pay investor redemptions is simply because they don’t have the cash. But, why? Simply put, Romspen is lending against projects that don’t generate any revenue or income.
The borrowers aren’t going to pay back the principal and interest until they can develop the project. That could take nearly a decade.
Braden Maccke at Deep Dive pointed this out a year ago:
“Romspen is lending against projects that don’t generate any income! The borrowers aren’t going to pay back the principal and interest until they can develop the project, then sell it, or borrow against it at a higher valuation!”
Unfortunately, Romspen investors who are mostly senior citizens don’t have a decade to wait for their money.
The Romspen Loan-To-Own Strategy
So to keep investors and their families from filing complaints with American and Canadian securities regulators, Romspen resorted to a shady lending scheme known as, “Loan-To-Own.”
Lexology defines “Loan-To-Own” is defined as follows:
Romspen’s business model is to find inexperienced entrepreneurs like fake Miami developer Caroline Weiss or the three stoners from Colorado. Then lure them in with big promises. Then throw a big wad of cash at them. Cash that they know the borrowers will never be able to pay. This sets it up so Romspen can take over the project. Romspen can either sell property at a huge profit. Alternatively, they could complete it and pocket millions more.
According to one source, 40% of all the loans that Romspen issues results in them taking ownership of the respective projects.
In the bankruptcy proceedings, companies that ascribe to the Loan-To-Own model will devalue the project less than the loan amount in order to increase their profitability to obtain and sell the property.
However bankruptcy cases could drag out for years. This means Romspen’s investors aren’t get paid during this time. Even if Romspen does eventually take over the property.
The Romspen Entraps Inexperienced Borrowers
So, what might their motivation be? One source indicated that it is directly related to two key factors. The first being to force the borrower into a default on the loan. This would allow Romspen to start the process of taking ownership of the project. It would also allow Romspen to increase the interest rate to a point where the borrower is forced to go into bankruptcy.
Once Romspen highlights that a default has happened, the borrower has 45 days to pay the balance. If that doesn’t happen, Romspen can foreclose on the property.
Thus, the failure to pay results in an increased default rate. This toxic spiral can put the borrower in a point where they must borrow from another lender or sell property to pay the interest. In most cases, Romspen wants the companies to drown in the endless sea of debt in order to simply own the project for themselves.
However, it turns out it, this business model has turned out to be a trainwreck for the company. This business model also explains why Romspen is having problems paying redemption payments to their investors.
At the end of the day, it appears Romspen is running a Ponzi scheme on senior citizens to cover up a shady “Loan-to-Own” scheme that is now blowing up in their face. Grab the popcorn because the Romspen implosion is imminent.
Check Out These Government Websites If You Feel You Are A Victim Of Investment Fraud By Romspen.
Filing A Complaint In Canada:
Contact The Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization (CIRO) At 1.877.442.4322 For More Information. You Can Also Email Them At firstname.lastname@example.org
If That Doesn’t Work, Contact Deputy Prime Minister And Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland:
If You Are An American Citizen. Contact These Federal Agencies:
You Can File A Complaint With The Securities And Exchange Commission By Clicking Here.
Also, You Can File A Complaint With The Federal Trade Commission By Clicking Here
In Addition, You Can File A Complaint With FINRA By Clicking Here
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